In our human society we typically have a high regard for the wise and the well born among us and conversely we tend to despise even to disregard the poor and the lowly ones. Yet in God salvation there is no room for man to boast in himself. So God in His wisdom renders all our human wisdom mere folly in Christ. Well at the same time He Himself becomes wisdom and strength and status to all those who had been called. Listen to Paul’s writing in 1 Corinthians chapter 1
“For consider your calling, brothers, that there are not many wise according to flesh, not many powerful, not many wellborn. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world that He might shame those whoare wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world that He might shame the things that are strong,And the lowborn things of the world and the despised things God has chosen, things which are not, that He might bring to nought the things which are,So that no flesh may boast before God.”
Romans (Program #58) – Righteousness – The Power of the Gospel (2)
Today we come to the matter of righteousness as is related to being sons of God. Righteousness is both the foundation and the way for us to carry out our sonship.
When we think of power related to the gospel, we usually think about God the Spirit moving in a supernatural way. But Romans reveals that the power of the gospel is not God’s Spirit but God’s righteousness. We will see this power on today’s life study.
We saw in the first portion yesterday that righteousness is the foundation of God’s throne and that He had to take care of His righteousness before He can even get to the point of offering us His love and His grace.
Romans (Program #57) – Righteousness – The Power of the Gospel (1)
Our God is righteous. He is right, He is just, He is righteous in all of His acts. In the redeeming death of Christ, the righteousness of God was not only manifested – it was satisfied. And now this righteousness becomes the power of the gospel.
We are going to see in the next two days that God’s righteousness is the power of the gospel and the foudation of our salvation. This is not a common thought to think of God’s righteousness as the power of the gospel …… what we need to see is not so much the power itself in this particular session; rather, we need to see the reason the gospel is so powerful - powerful enough to be called “the power of God unto salvation”. The reason for the power is that the righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel of God.
In this life study of Romans, we see that all that we have in Adam. We also see all that we have in Christ. All we have in Adam is but sin and death; I in Christ inherit life and righteousness – what a debit in Adam, what a credit in Christ!
From time to time, the Bible gives us a heavenly accounting lesson. Today is one of those lessons from the book of Romans.
We have been seeing there is a major shift in Romans chapter 5. A shift from the realm of man’s doings and deeds to the man himself, his person. Romans 5:12 is a very clear verse – “Therefore just as through one man sin entered into the world, and through sin, death; and thus death passed on to all men because all have sinned.” This book marks a great turn in the book of Romans. more…
Romans (Program #11) – The Gift in Christ Surpassing the Heritage in Adam
We praise the Lord for His redemption, that He redeemed us judicially, but there is much more. He wants to save us day-by-day in His life by the dispensing of His life into us. This is the much more Christian life. Our salvation begins with God forgiving us of all of our sins, but His full salvation includes much more than this. It includes His life freeing us from the power of sin.
This is a tremendous life-study because we move into a significant new section of Romans. So far, we’ve seen God’s condemnation and His justification. The first few chapters of Romans unveil God’s condemnation on mankind generally, then on the self-righteous particularly, then we see His condemnation on the religious specifically, and finally on all the world totally. more…
Romans (Program #7) – The Example of Justification
In this broadcast we see the wonderful God in whom Abraham believed. He’s the God who gives life to the dead and calls things not being as being. Abraham is the example of justification.
Paul was fully in the view of Genesis as he wrote the epistles to the Romans. In Genesis, the Holy Spirit gives us a crystal clear picture of justification. Apparently, we’re touching doctrinal matters, such as justification, but actually Paul is writing this book based on experience. The proof of this is that he gives us not just merely a doctrinal dissertation related to justification, but he gives us a living model, pattern and example in the person of Abraham. more…
Jeremiah (Program #22) – The Spiritual Sequence in the Bible and in Jeremiah
The Bible presents God’s work and God’s plan in a marvelous sequence. If we see the spiritual significance, we can see that right after creating man, God presents Himself to man as man’s source, only to be rejected by the very man that He had created. But what seems to be the end of God’s plan is really just the beginning. As God deals with the sins that besets mankind by coming Himself to be man’s righteousness and his life and ultimately to gain man fully for Himself as His enlargement and expression. This is the sequence of the whole Bible. And that sequence is closely parallel by the account of the prophet Jeremiah. The sequence of the divine revelation in the Bible and the same sequences as found in Jeremiah is our topic on today’s life study.
The prophet Jeremiah in the Old Testament was raised up by the Lord during a particularly difficult time in Israel’s history. During the forty one years during Jeremiah’s ministry, Israel was carried away into exile at least three times. Certainly, this negative history is an important part of the book of Jeremiah but there also is a marvelous aspect to this book as it unveils the restoration of Israel as well as God’s tenderheartedness and righteousness in His care for His chosen people even in the midst of their frequent rebellion. And of course, as it’s always the case in this life study of the Bible, we will see Christ revealed in the context of His divine economy today and throughout this new life study of Jeremiah.
Isaiah (Program #34) – The King Reigning in the Tent of David, the Eternal Rock, a Savior
“Then will a throne be established in loving kindness and upon it One will sit in truth in the tent of David, judging and pursuing justice and hastening righteousness.” Surely there was a king ruling from the throne in the tent of David in Old Testament time. Interestingly, the tent of David with its kingly throne reappears in the coming kingdom age. But does the tent of David have to do with us today?
Isaiah (Program #10) – The Judgment of Jehovah Upon the Nations and Its Issue (1)
When God’s people give in to temptation, sin and corruption, God in His righteousness surely must judge and discipline. Of course, as Christians He also has a way to forgive us and lead us back into His loving presence. But ultimately the solution for our continuous failures lies not in renew commitment and more earnest and sincere effort. Rather we need to be fired, terminated and eventually replaced. We all desperately need to see that God’s solution for us is to be replaced. Don’t miss this extraordinary life study of the Bible.